Praire Skirt Tutorial

I made this 3 tiered skirt inspired by the Sewing Video from Homestead Blessings and I love how it turned out! I have a weakness for prairie fashion. I think because it’s so feminine and I love all the sweet cotton prints. Plus, I adore the way a long skirt swishes around me when I move. Anyway, I wanted to share with you how I made my skirt with this tutorial. (Sorry, no step by step pictures.)

You will need:
3 yards of cotton fabric
elastic to fit your waist
crochet lace trim

You will cut three strips of fabric. 
The measurements I used are as follows:

Tier #1: 14″X48″
Tier #2: 14″X72″
Tier #3: 15″X104″

This makes a pretty long skirt (I think it’s 39″ finished) so you may want to use different measurements for a more custom fit.

Prairie Skirt Tutorial

The basic construction of the skirt is as follows:

1. Fold each tier in half width wise and sew right sides together.
2. Baste stitch on the top of tier #2 and gather to fit the bottom of tier #1. Pin right sides together and sew matching side seams.
3. Baste stitch on the top of tier #3 and gather to fit the bottom of tier #2. Pin right sides together and sew matching side seams.
4. Fold the top of tier #1 down 1/4″ and then fold again enough to fit your elastic. Pin and sew leaving a 1″ opening. 
5. Measure and cut your elastic according to how tight you want it around your waist. Using a safety pin feed your elastic through your casing. 
6. Sew ends of elastic together and then sew the casing shut. 
7. Hem the bottom of tier #3 as desired. 
8. If using trim, pin around skirt where you want it and sew. Do not cut trim until you have sewn it and you know how much you will need or you might end up too short

Let me know if you have any questions!

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  1. I love it! I love long flowing skirts. I have that DVD but haven't gotten brave enough to try my hand at making one. I'm not very good at sewing, it tends to be a little intimidating to me. But seeing your skirt motivates me to try! Loving your fall series.
  2. I love, love, love your skirt! I was heading to town anyway, now I am stopping at JoAnn's for fabric! Thanks for the quick notes/tutorial from the West Ladies! I love them, but haven't seen that video yet. Haven't been by in a while, but finally getting back to blogging and blog reading and am so glad! Take care!
  3. Missy, that skirt is darling! I, too, love prairie fashion and secretly wish women of our day would dress that way. :-)

    I've been out of blogland for quite some time, but I check back here from time to time.

    Also, a hearty congratulations to you and your family on your pregnancy!!! :) Will be praying for this precious little one on the way.

    Take care and Happy Autumn!

  4. Your skirt is lovely! My teen daughter and I love to sew and wear this style of skirt, too - so simple to make and feminine to wear. Thanks for the tutorial. *Visiting from the barn hop!*
  5. Hi, I'm visiting from the Homestead Barn Hop. Love your skirt! You did a great job on it, and it goes so well with your denim jacket. Have a great week!

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